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  1. Jason Mantzoukas joins to talk about the trailer for the ‘Triple Frontier’ movie (10:14), the new ‘Avengers’ trailer (17:57), ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 (34:31), and ‘Bodyguard’ (43:14). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Mantzoukas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
  2. Kristen Bell returns to the big screen as the voice of Anna in Frozen 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the original Frozen movie which became a billion-dollar sensation six years ago. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Bell to talk about reprising that role, the final season of her hit show The Good Place and her marriage to fellow actor Dax Shepard. (Original broadcast date: November 24, 2019)
  3. If souls or psyches can be compared to houses, Kristen Bell’s would be one with few dark corners. It would probably also be lavender scented, with a nice breeze blowing through. Delightfully real and candid, she’s become one of the most relatable and loved personalities on TV, that personality often being herself: Her Samsung commercials and goofy personal videos with husband Dax Shepard are some of YouTube’s most popular. No word on how many high-tech home appliances they’ve sold, but the Toto cover video they shot in Africa has garnered well over five million views. The soft heart and strong values that Shepard both teases and loves her for are ones she supports in both words and example—marriage equality, animal rights, and voter registration, for starters. Not surprisingly, then, the sunny, perky blond wasn’t the first actor that came to mind for Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas. “I had Christina Ricci in my head when I wrote it. I wanted someone who had a caustic delivery for lines that had weight and dryness.” As it turned out, Bell was also damn funny, with a gift for injecting just the right amount of dark, wry wit into what became her breakout role, turning her into a geek goddess of sorts. Her excellent turn as Elle Bishop in Heroes only settled that crown more firmly on her head. Maybe the fanboy hall-of-fame was a pre-destined landing place for someone who always felt (and early on, was often told) she wasn’t homely enough to play the nerdy girl and not nearly pretty enough to play the pretty girl. If that was a struggle at the outset, it seems to have made her a guileless and non-judgmental career plotter. That approach doesn’t work for everyone, but in Bell’s case, it’s allowed for angst-free role choices that ultimately did justice to her surprising range. (Check out Hit & Run for an early example of her abilities—and her director and then-fiancée’s knowing exactly how to push her buttons.) Post-Veronica Mars, her big screen break arrived with a part in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a potentially intimidating career leap that landed well. In its review, Rolling Stone gave “Cheers to Bell for finding nuance in a diva written as a stone-cold bitch.” More recent evidence of her range turned up in a role in which she technically never appeared. For thousands of unsuspecting fans, Disney’s unstoppable snowball of a hit Frozen unmasked her extraordinary talent as a singer, a gift she honed in years of early musical theater training but modestly underplays. These days, Bell finds herself increasingly in demand, and increasingly in the company of bar-raising colleagues, a challenge she deliberately seeks out. She’s playing the ambitious partner and foil to Don Cheadle in Showtime’s not-so-sunny House of Lies. In the upcoming film The Boss, Bell plays a mousey would-be brownie maven alongside Melissa McCarthy, one of her comedic idols. She’s also somehow managed to start work on a new NBC show called Good Place from the executive producer of Parks and Recreation and co-starring Ted Danson. The series allows Bell an interesting opportunity to explore the character of Eleanor, a not-so-good person trying to figure out how to become a good person—if she can figure out what actually defines “a good person.” Our advice to Eleanor? As examples go, your friend Kristen Bell wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
  4. Kristen Bell’s early career dream was not singing or acting. She wanted to be a Disney princess. So tread carefully, karma-deniers. We put her self-described mix of “bubbles and rainbows and sunshine” at a good 90 percent of her DNA, but it’s that little ten percent that may reveal the most about her. A lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety will either stunt you, or help you take a good look at yourself and make some life-defining decisions. It can make you a good actor, too. Coming up, the emotions Bell felt she couldn’t express in real life lent nuance and believability to characters across the good-to-bitchy spectrum. In a candid and funny conversation, Bell shares personal and professional challenges, the surprising things that bring her joy now, and why everyone needs Veronica Mars as their imaginary friend. She also explains why she married a hillbilly from Michigan. That would be Dax Shepard, who wasn’t with us. . .or was he?
  5. Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Veronica Mars, Frozen) chats with Chris about her love for holiday decorating, she talks about recent pranks her kids have played on her and why she’s so excited about Dax’s podcast. Kristen also talks about how she and Dax parent their kids, how she felt about ending The Good Place and her exceptional gift giving skills!
  6. CBD is everywhere: You can buy CBD olive oil, CBD mascara, CBD supplements for your dog- even CBD tampons! Some swear it alleviates everything from insomnia to chronic pain, anxiety and depression. But is it everything it’s cracked up to be? Or is it just the latest fad? Katie weeds out CBD fact from fiction with a little help from Kristen Bell, a CBD devotee, Rob Rosenheck, co-founder of Hollywood’s favorite CBD brand, and Dr. Yasmin Hurd, the country’s leading CBD researcher. She even samples some CBD products—for science!—and shares her thoughts about the experience. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  7. “What do I do with my anxiety?” Have you ever asked this question? Have you ever felt that anxiety was keeping you from truly enjoying your life? Our friend Kristen Bell talks about building a tool kit of methods to deal with anxiety, and how even exploring and befriending your anxiety can be a spiritual path in life.
  8. An in depth talk with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof about comics, Star Wars, sequels, Star Trek, JJ Abrams, fandom... everything you want a Damon Lindelof talk to be about.CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL:https://twitter.com/BENBLACKERhttps://www.facebook.com/TVWritersPanelTHE WRITER'S PANEL IS A CO-PRODUCTION OF THE FOREVER DOG PODCAST NETWORK AND THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL.http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-writers-panelhttp://atxfestival.com
  9. This week Sonya talks to her former boss, writer-producer Damon Lindelof. Co-creator and showrunner of Lost, Damon is currently adapting The Watchmen for HBO and counts Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, The Leftovers (HBO) and Star Trek into Darkness among his many writing and producing credits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
  10. Damon Lindelof is a screenwriter, producer, and comic book writer. He joins Sophia on "Work In Progress" to share how he got started in the industry, the development process for "Lost," what it was like to work with J.J. Abrams, the research and collaboration behind "Watchmen," what he learned from that experience, and more. Executive Producers: Sophia Bush & Sim Sarna Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick Associate Producer: Caitlin Lee Editor: Matt Sasaki Music written by Jack Garratt and produced by Mark Foster Artwork by Kimi Selfridge This show is brought to you by Cloud10 & Brilliant Anatomy, and powered by Simplecast. This episode is sponsored by Ritual, Thrive Market, Hello Fresh, and Athletic Greens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
  11. Ahead of the ‘The Good Place’ series finale, creator Michael Schur is here to answer all of our burning questions about the existential sitcom, which airs its series finale at the end of January. On this episode, taped inside his office on the Universal Studios lot, Schur reveals how the final season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ helped influence the end of ‘The Good Place’, looks back at his early days as a writer for SNL, teases a potential future for ‘The Office’ on NBC’s Peacock streaming service and a lot more.Follow @KenTremendous and @mattwilstein on Twitter and @lastlaughpod on Instagram. Highlights from this episode and others at The Daily Beast.Go to ratethispodcast.com/laugh to leave us a rating and review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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